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  • For the first time ever, scientists have documented a widespread extinction of in bee group Xylocopinae, or carpenter bees, that occurred 65 million years ago, concurrent with the massive event that wiped out land dinosaurs and many flowering plants.
    Bees almost became extinct 65 million years ago
    Sandra Rehan, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of New Hampshire, Michael Schwarz at Australia's Flinders University, and Remko Leys at the South Australia Museum are the first to document a near complete...
  • Bees antenna sense many different things.
    Honeybees use antennas for different reasons
    Research has shown that bees use their two antennas for different reasons. Until recently, that is all scientists knew, but modern research is starting to show the different uses of each antenna. It has been proven that the right antenna of a...
  • Maine Mead works wonders
    Mead in Maine
    MAINE MEAD WORKS WONDERSWARNING: This story will sting.If they die… WE could, too!Humans depend on them. Our food supply depends on them. Marketing teams producing TV commercials for over-the-counter nasal inhalation products depend on them...
  • Bees and weeds in the garden
    Bees and weeds in the garden
    Some facts about bees to help you attract them to your gardenGardeners tend to differentiate between the plants we ourselves plant in our gardens and those that show up unwelcome. The last we call "weeds." Insects, especially bees, and...
  • Hardy Hibiscus with a bee
    Hardy Hibiscus: An open invitation for hummingbirds
    A relatively new arrival to gardens in Northern Virginia, Hardy Hibiscuses have large showy flowers that attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Its flowers bloom from mid-summer to frost. And each bloom only lasts one day. Because there are...
  • Honey bees are great friends in the garden
    Non-toxic pest control
    We keep an organic yard and garden so when we had bees or ants come into our home, we tried non-toxic alternatives before reaching for sprays or calling an exterminator.Honey BeesA swarm of honeybees settled in our attic earlier this spring. The...
  • Beehive
    Propolis shows promise in treating cancer that kills over 1,900 Utah men yearly
    Bees may be hoarding a natural substance that halts the growth of prostate cancer cells and tumors, according to a study published online in Cancer Prevention Research May 1, 2012. The substance is a compound found in propolis, which is a resin...
  • Bee At Work
    The ‘buzz’ about propolis and prostate cancer
    Bees may be hoarding a natural substance that halts the growth of prostate cancer cells and tumors, according to a study published online in Cancer Prevention Research May 1, 2012. The substance is a compound found in propolis, which is a resin...
  • An A. borealis larvae crawls out of a dead honeybee.
    Zombie honeybees could be the doom bringers we’ve been waiting for
    Leaving any and all “Zombee” jokes at the door, a tiny parasitic fly is zombifying our winged friend the honeybee, and quickly becoming a suspect of colony collapse disorder.This isn’t zombification in its purest sense mind you....
  • Bee enjoying crocus in spring
    Backyard beekeeping
    Why keep honeybees? People keep bees to eat honey, improve personal health, increase garden or farm yields and improve global food security. Honey is a wonderful, natural sweetener which never goes bad. Many arthritis sufferers find relief with...
  • Bumblebee Banana Cupcakes
    Bumblebee Banana Cupcakes
    I love Winnie the Pooh so I came up with these Winnie the Pooh inspired bee cupcakes. These cupcakes are simply irresistible, adorable and easy to make. They're wonderful for birthday parties and picnics and will be sure to have everyone...
  • Paul Kaiser Gets Award
    Sonoma County Farmer-Rancher-Dad wins award for "Bee"ing Kind
    On Thursday, Ocotber 21, local dad (who also wears a cowboy hat as rancher and farmer) recieved a prestigious award in Washington DC for his efforts to educate others about the special role of pollinators in our world’s fragile ecosystem.The...